Remarkable British and Irish Urban Trees

I’m tracking down interesting trees in villages, towns and cities throughout Britain and Ireland for my latest research project. Can you help?

Following in the footsteps of Great Trees of London Map published earlier this year, my new project is a survey of great urban trees across England, Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland. The London map highlights 46 remarkable trees in the city (whittled down from a long-list of well over 100), and now I’d like to extend the research to the the whole of Britain and Ireland.

This is a significant task, so that’s why I’d like to enlist your help. I would love to hear about noteworthy trees in urban areas throughout these islands. By noteworthy, I mean trees that have stories associated with them, have names (like the Elephant Tree), are physically remarkable – perhaps they are particularly old, big or are of characterful shape. They could be local landmarks, or maybe they’re especially rare or unusual species. They might even be trees that are under threat and could do with some publicity (and protection).

In short, the trees I’m interested in are important to people and add character to their location. They are trees that deserve to be more widely known.

My intention is to ‘collect’ accounts, details, stories and locations of these remarkable trees, of which I’m convinced there are thousands. Over the next couple of years, I’d like to visit some of the trees and eventually, I’d like to publish details of as many as possible in – hopefully – another book.

So if you know of a tree that you think I may be interested in hearing about, please use the form below to get in touch. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can and I may ask for some more details too.

From my travels, here’s a few examples of remarkable urban trees…

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Meet the, possibly original, 'Royal Oak'. Perhaps all those boozers were named after this characterful tree. This Royal Oak can be found in Richmond Park and is thought to be 750 years old. The thing about old trees is their decline can take centuries, so this corpulent specimen will have been developing that hollow trunk for some time. You could fit a saloon bar full of imbibers in there now, so what once would have been timber has decayed into thin air – no use for counting the rings, so we'll never truly know how old this tree is.⠀ Richmond Park is home to hundreds of veteran trees, in fact, there are more really old trees just in this west London park than in the whole of some European countries. Many are oaks, and this one is perhaps the most picturesque; but, like its true age, it's a mystery where that 'Royal' moniker came from. Perhaps a young prince or princess liked to hide in it back in the day when this was a Royal deer park? Or perhaps it was the first JD Wetherspoon…⠀ Either way, if you'd like to find the Royal Oak, it features on one of the urban forest trails described in my book, #LondonisaForest.⠀ ⠀ #UrbanForest #ancientwoodland #Treestagram #treesoflondon #LondonHistory #RoyalOak #Quercusrobur #Treesofinstagram #instatree #tree_captures #lotiloves #nationaltrust #london_enthusiasts #ilovelondon #Richmond #Parklife #RichmondPark #sharenaturepics #maybeLDNer #prettycitylondon #allkindsofnature #treesplease #infrontoftrees #urbanarboretum #urbanlandscape #urbannature #naturewriting #ancienttree

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